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Grayson: We have to take our chances and be ruthless

20 April 2021

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Head Coach Simon Grayson spoke to the press after his side were beaten 2-0 by Crewe Alexandra at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday night in Sky Bet League One.

An early goal from Owen Dale gave the visitors the lead, but only moments after, Kyle Vassell had a chance to level things up from the penalty spot, but he saw his effort saved. The Cod Army pushed on for a response, but Chris Porter slotted home a penalty of their own to double their lead and ensure three points.

Here's what Simon had to say:

On the match…

“I thought we were good in the first half, we created some chances, but in the end, we didn’t take them, like the penalty - you would like to see in the back of the net. We started well and then they got a goal out of nothing and we were a goal down at half time.”

“The second half we got carried away by going too long too quickly, we worked hard and kept switching our systems, we could still be playing, and we still wouldn’t have the breaks that we wanted and required to win the game.”

On not being ruthless…

“Making consecutive errors in any part of the game means that you’re going to get punished. We have said in the dressing room there that you have to defend the box, take your chances, and you have to be ruthless, this is how you win football matches.”

“In the first half especially, our attitude was really good. Even in the second half, there weren’t any of the lads not trying to get back into the game, we just didn’t channel it in the right direction. If you make the right decisions in the right areas, you win the game, we didn’t and that’s why we lost the game.”

On Barrie McKay’s involvement…

“The one thing that he [Barrie McKay] has done is he’s worked hard in training and waited for an opportunity. It’s not been easy because he’s had Covid, and the system that we were playing when I first came to the club was a little bit more defensive.

“Sometimes we can’t go with the likes of Barrie and people like that but over the last few weeks where we’ve got into some good positions it was an opportunity to bring him back into the team and he’s got some good qualities.

“He’s not a bad player whatsoever and the number of clubs and the level he’s played at shows that. He’s a bright spark at this moment in time for us.”

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